The Way It Is: Eye-Opening Prayer

  I give tzedakah very frequently, and I pray very often. This excessive davening followed up by charitable donations is self-serving. I do both in order to locate items I've...

Schmutter: To Dorm or Not to Dorm

  If you have a son in eighth grade, you’ve probably put some serious thought into where your son is going for high school, unless you work at one. You want...

Aliyah Chronicle: Time With Family

By Shmuel Katz It’s our bar mitzvah year in Israel, and the changes, which once popped up with shocking regularity, are much fewer. And they seem to creep up on...

The Way It Is: Baking Memories

Recently, my oldest grandson asked if I would teach him how to make my onion cookies. “Cookies? They are not cookies! We call them tzibbeleh pletzlach or tzibbeleh kichlach....

Computers 102: It’s A Software Problem

  We now begin Part II of our tutorial on how to set up your new computer, mostly based on secondhand knowledge. We started this topic last week, and are...

Computers 101: It’s A Hardware Problem

In this day and age of computers doing everything for us, one of the few things that we still have to do manually is set up a new computer. This...

The Way It Is: Cable Call

  Because my savvy friend Nechama always knows how to get a bargain or to strike a good deal, I complained to her about the exorbitant cost of my cable....

Schmutter: Gender-Political Minefield

By Mordechai Schmutter As an observer of human behavior — but not in a creepy way — I firmly believe that the best way to solve a lot of shalom...

The Way It Is: Going Rogue

By Hannah Berman When my car lease expired three months ago, I opted to get a vehicle that was different from the one I had leased and driven for the...

The Way It Is: Tipping Point

  Recently, I wrote in my column, right here in this paper, that I no longer give tips to my three sanitation men. They are not actually my men; I...

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Passover Seder to Be Celebrated in Former Warsaw Ghetto

For the first time since the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, some 100 Diaspora Jewish families will celebrate the Jewish festival of redemption in the heart...

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If you’ve never heard an Arab calling out “alter zachen” (“old things”) in Yiddish, then you’ve never experienced pre-Passover preparations in Jerusalem. It’s part...

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NEW YORK (JTA) — A prominent Modern Orthodox school in New York City will no longer accept religious exemptions to vaccination from its students. Salanter...

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